A BUS is being laid on to ship sixth formers across Huddersfield to Salendine Nook.
And it will take students to Huddersfield New College from the catchment area of another sixth form college, Shelley College.
News of the bus link comes at a time of increased competition between schools and sixth form colleges. It will transport students living in the traditional catchment area of Shelley College.
New College is launching the HD8 bus service from August 2013. It will ship in Year 12 and 13 students from Denby Dale, Scissett, Skelmanthorpe, Shelley, Kirkburton and Almondbury in time for the first lesson at 9am.
There will be one daily direct bus service in each direction. As with all college buses, each student without a bus pass will pay £1. Further costs will be subsidised by New College, ensuring the new bus is cheaper than public transport.
The college says the bus is being laid on in response to demand. Since 2007, there has been an 80% increase in the number of students in HD8 travelling across town to the New Hey Road campus.
And over the last five years, Huddersfield New College’s student numbers have increased from 1,800 to over 2,300.
Principal Angela Williams said: “We are introducing our new Huddersfield 8 bus service in response to demand from our students from this area choosing Huddersfield New College as their first choice provider of post-16 education.
“We want to do as much as possible to make their journey to the college more manageable and to encourage prospective students to consider us seriously as their college of choice post-16, secure in the knowledge that if they do, transport to the college will be direct, convenient, reliable, safe and affordable.”
A Shelley College spokesman said: “The most important consideration for Shelley College is that our students get access to first class provision and are able to progress to high quality jobs or courses.
“Our young people take decisions about their future very seriously and are very discerning in their choice of institution. They do exceptionally well in securing places in a variety of colleges or gaining employment with training and we provide considerable support in helping them make informed decisions.
“Our sixth form is proving to be a very attractive option for an increasing number of students, with many travelling large distances to come to Shelley College too.
“This is borne out by the significant increase in students joining our Year 12 this September, up 15% on previous years, with the trend set to continue.”